Validity of AIT degrees reaffirmed
The validity of AIT degrees has been reaffirmed in a meeting convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Thailand on 12 December 2012. The meeting also decided that for the upcoming graduation, the AIT President and Deputy Permanent Secretary of MoFA will cosign the degrees. Further, till Thailand ratifies the new Charter, AIT will be governed by a Board of Trustees. Full details are available in an email from the AIT President, Prof. Said Irandoust, which is as follows:
In line with my suggestions for a way forward for AIT as I had communicated through my open letter yesterday, and as promised, I am very pleased to announce that the reaffirmation of the validity of AIT degrees has been made in a meeting convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Thailand at the Office of the Higher Education Commission premises today. This strong and clear reaffirmation confirmed the validity of the degrees conferred by AIT in the past two graduations and also the graduation ceremonies that AIT will conduct in the future.
The meeting was Chaired by the Deputy Permanent Secretary from Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand and attended by members of the AIT Board of Trustees and Council. The decision of the meeting will be formally communicated later by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand, and I join others in applauding MoFA for working with members of AIT Board of Trustees/Council in looking to the future.
It also was decided in the meeting that for the upcoming graduation the degrees will be co-signed by the AIT President and Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand.
Upon my request, it was further noted in the meeting that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will facilitate release of the already approved Royal Thai Government funds for flood rehabilitation and student scholarships.
It was also decided during the meeting that during the transition period until Thailand ratifies the new Charter, AIT will be governed by a Board of Trustees.
AIT is grateful to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thailand and members of the AIT Board of Trustees/Council for the pragmatic approach that was adopted in solving these critical issues.
We celebrate this news.
Professor Said Irandoust
Asian Institute of Technology